As utilizing forest harvest residues is an issue of growing urgency in the British Columbia forest industry, FPInnnovations’ Fibre Supply group is introducing a new guide: Best Management Practices for Integrated Harvest Operations in British Columbia.
This 48-page guide presents biomass handling guidelines that outline suggested step-by-step processes to be followed by the primary and secondary industries. The objective is to increase the utilization of lower-quality fibre that remains on a block after primary harvesting is complete. “Biomass extraction requires a tool in the toolbox approach, meaning that there is no one method that works for every eventuality,” says Stuart Spencer, author of the guide and Researcher in the Fibre Supply group.
In British Columbia, forest residues at roadside have traditionally been burned to mitigate fire hazard. However, with an increasing demand for energy and concern over climate change and air quality, burning may no longer be the most desirable practice for dealing with residues. “This guide deals largely with providing proper techniques that increase efficiency and save costs for both primary and secondary harvesters,” explains Dominik Roser, Research Manager in the Fibre Supply group. “When they work together, both benefit.”
The guide is available to view or download here: https://issuu.com/fpinnovations/docs/integrated_harvest_operations_in_bc
For more information about this project and to get a free copy of the guide, please contact Stuart Spencer.